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One of the stories of the season in the women's game has been the re-emergence of Tranmere Rovers after a number of difficult years.
Less than ten years ago, Tranmere were regular members of the top flight of women's football, playing against teams which are members of the FA WSL these days and producing players of the quality of Sue Smith, Jodie Taylor and Michelle Evans amongst many others.
However the club's status went into decline and after going down into Combination League football, Tranmere were relegated to the Premier Division of the North West League two years ago. After finishing in third place last season, the Birkenhead side went better this time around and carried off the league title to start their climb back up the pyramid.
Tranmere got off to a good start with five wins and a draw in their opening six games but the next ended in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Blackpool. They bounced back well by winning each of their next five matches but found themselves trailing Blackpool and Morecambe although with a number of games in hand.
That run of wins had included one against Blackpool before a crucial week in which they met Morecambe on successive Sundays. The first match ended in a 4-4 draw and Tranmere won 1-0 in the second, leaving matters in the title race in their own hands.
They duly took full advantage with another run of five straight victories, the last of which saw them beat Burnley Girls & Ladies 1-0 to confirm themselves as Champions.
Louise Edwards is the manager of Tranmere Rovers and she told Women's Soccer Scene that she is delighted with the achievements of her squad, which conceded on 13 league goals all season.
"The team has played exceptionally well the whole season," said Louise. "We said at the start of the season that promotion was the aim.
"Beating Blackpool 2-1 at home was a big confidence boost for the team. The away game at Morecambe, getting the equaliser in extra time to make it 4-4, spurred us on to play them at home the week after and beat them 1-0. That game was the turning point where we knew we would go on to win the league.
"We are looking forward to the challenge next season in the Northern Combination."
The team was a settled one throughout the season, captained by Faye Jones, while Rachel Davison was leading goalscorer with 16 league goals, followed by Kate Horne who was on target nine times. The coaching staff - Shirley Waring and Colin Lewis - also deserve a mention.
Tranmere Rovers squad: Bee Greathead, Hannah Ouldred, Lauren Davies, Keira Onanga, Lindsey Smith, Bethan Woolley, Amie Neale, Rachel Davison, Steph Heron, Kate Horne, Faye Jones, Lynn Carter, Kayleigh Goodwin, Lucy Vaughan, Alli Coleman, Beckie Smith, Rebecca Hirst, Gemma Drury.
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